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2 II. Objectives It is the objective of the Court to encourage and bring about the fair, expeditious, and inexpensive resolution of these cases. In an effort to achieve this goal, a case management plan ( CMP ), drafted by a steering committee including the Special Master, plaintiffs and defendants counsel, and supplemented by Order of this Court, is established to allow the parties to obtain reasonably necessary documents and information without imposing undue burdens in order to permit the parties to evaluate the cases, reach early settlements, and prepare unsettled cases for trial. The essential components of the CMP include, to the extent feasible: A. Standardization of pleadings and discovery so that the parties can obtain the necessary information to evaluate cases for settlement or to prepare them for trial at minimum cost; B. Conducting early pretrial conferences to explore settlement opportunities, to resolve pretrial management problems, and to establish discovery cut-off dates; C. Grouping, ordering, and firm scheduling of cases for pretrial procedures and trial; and D. Coordination of discovery, the use and compensation of Liaison Counsel, the appointment and compensation of a Special Discovery Master/Referee, and other orders as necessary to avoid duplication, contain costs, and expedite disposition through settlement or trial. 2

3 III. Special Discovery Master/Referee A. The Court appoints Laraine Pacheco, Esq. as Special Discovery Master/Referee ( Special Master ) in these cases. The Special Master shall supervise compliance with discovery including, but not limited to, adequacy of the plaintiffs and defendants standard interrogatory responses, production of documents, the conduct of depositions and other discovery disputes that may arise and, when necessary, make recommended rulings for the Court s consideration on all discovery disputes. In the event of a discovery dispute, including but not limited to the failure to provide required discovery, the requesting party shall notify the Special Master without delay and request intervention. No motion to compel discovery from a party may be made without first seeking the assistance of the Special Master to obtain that discovery. The Special Master shall convene and conduct mandatory settlement conferences as necessary and in accordance with the time line contained in the CMO, and shall have such other duties as specified by the CMO or the Court. B. Any party objecting to a ruling by the Special Master on discovery issues must notify the Special Master and all other interested parties of its intention to raise an objection (by ) within three (3) business days of receiving the Special Master s written recommendation. Thereafter, said objection must be raised with the Court within seven (7) days of the receipt (by ) of the Special Master s written recommendation. If notification of a party s 3

4 intention to challenge the Special Master s written recommendation is not given within three (3) business days, the Court may adopt the recommended ruling as its order on the disputed issue. Any and all motions made by the parties pursuant to this Amended Case Management Order must reference the paragraph(s) of this Order under which relief is sought, if applicable. C. The parties have agreed to compensate Laraine Pacheco, Esq. for her services as Special Master at the flat rate of $368,000 per year. These fees shall be borne, jointly, 40% by plaintiffs and, jointly, 60% by defendants. Allocations among plaintiffs (for their 40% share) and defendants (for their 60% share) shall be submitted to the Special Master, under seal, on or before February 1 of each year. Thereafter, all parties to whom a share has been allocated shall make payment in two equal installments. The first installment will be due on or before April 15 and the second installment will be due on or before October 15. D. The reappointment of the Special Master, the amount of the Special Master s compensation and the allocation of her fees as among plaintiffs and defendants will be semi-annually reviewed and the subject of a separate semiannual order of the Court. E. This appointment of Laraine Pacheco, Esq. will extend from February 1 through July 31 and from August 1 through January 31 of the following year for each semi-annual period this Order is in force and effect. Upon agreement of both parties, an independent settlement master may be retained and separately compensated to assist in the possible settlement 4

5 and/or resolution of a particular case or group of cases. IV. Filing Procedures A. Files A master file, known as New York City Asbestos Litigation ( NYCAL ) Master File, has been established in the Office of the Clerk of New York County for all asbestos cases assigned to the undersigned for coordinated pretrial proceedings, whether such cases were commenced in New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx or Richmond County. Entries on the NYCAL Master File shall be applicable to each asbestos case assigned to the undersigned for coordinated pretrial proceedings. The original of this Order shall be filed by the County Clerk in the NYCAL Master File previously established, and a copy shall be deemed to be part of the record of each coordinated action. A separate file shall also be maintained under a separate Index Number for each individual action and each individual plaintiff in the Office of the Clerk of New York County, and entries shall be made therein in accordance with this Order. 5

6 B. Captions of Cases Every document filed in these coordinated actions that has general application to all cases shall bear a caption as follows: SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK ALL COUNTIES WITHIN THE CITY OF NEW YORK x : IN RE: NEW YORK CITY : New York City ASBESTOS LITIGATION : Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) : Index No x C. Filing of Papers 1. When a paper has general application to all cases, the caption shall bear index number and the Clerk of New York County shall file such a paper in the Master File. No further copies of the papers need to be filed. Any document so filed shall be deemed to have been filed in each case to which this Order applies and shall constitute part of the record of each such case. 2. When a paper, like a Plaintiffs Initial Fact Sheet ( PIFS ) or a motion, is applicable only to an individual case, the attorney submitting such paper for filing shall supply a cover sheet containing the caption, name and index number to which the paper is applicable. The Clerk of New York County shall not file such a paper in the NYCAL Master File; rather, after receipt by the Clerk, the Clerk shall file the original in the individual case file under the appropriate index number. 3. When a paper is filed that is applicable to two or more but 6

7 less than all of these coordinated actions, the captions shall state the case names and separate index numbers of the actions to which that paper is applicable. The Clerk of New York County shall file a copy in the separate file bearing the index number so identified to which the paper is intended to be applicable. 4. It shall be the responsibility of the attorney submitting such paper for filing to supply a cover sheet containing the captions, names and index numbers of all cases to which the paper is applicable and supply the County Clerk with sufficient copies of any such paper to facilitate compliance with the directions of this paragraph. 5. Effective September 2, 2009, every NYCAL asbestos case filed must have an 8½ x 11 cover sheet with the words: THIS IS AN ASBESTOS MATTER The Clerk s Office will be assigning a special series of index numbers to all NYCAL cases which will enable the Court to keep track of filings. V. Rules of Procedure The Civil Practice Law and Rules and the Local Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County together with the express provisions of this Order shall govern all proceedings herein. VI. Pleadings A. Plaintiffs Initial Fact Sheet ( PIFS ), annexed hereto as Exhibit A, shall be included with the complaint or served upon the defendants within sixty 7

8 (60) days after filing of the complaint. The PIFS shall be filed by the Clerk of New York County in the file of the individual action pending in New York County to which the PIFS applies. Multi-plaintiff complaints are not permitted. B. To the extent not previously done, plaintiffs counsel shall file in the NYCAL Master File and serve on defendants a complaint or set of complaints containing standard allegations generally applicable to all claims of a similar nature. Thereafter, plaintiffs may and should, to the maximum extent feasible, serve and file a short form complaint which incorporates by reference all of the allegations contained in the appropriate standard complaint. In the case of previously filed complaints, leave is hereby granted to file such short form complaints as amended complaints filed by that firm. C. In any case commenced after the date of this order, the complaint must allege and include the requisite documentation of minimum criteria for activation, as set forth in Paragraph XV herein, in order to be placed on the Active Docket. D. Defendants shall file in the NYCAL Master File and serve on plaintiffs Liaison Counsel a standard answer with affirmative defenses. When such standard set of defenses has been filed, a defendant may serve an acknowledgment of service (Exhibit B ) on the plaintiff, by which service defendant will be deemed to have denied all material allegations contained in the plaintiff s complaint, except as stated in such acknowledgment, and to have raised each of the affirmative defenses contained in defendants standard answer, except as stated in such acknowledgment. All co-defendants to which 8

9 any cross-claims may apply will be deemed to have denied all material allegations contained in the cross-claims. Nothing herein shall preclude a defendant from filing an individual answer, if it so chooses. E. Any plaintiff may, without further leave of the Court, amend his or her complaint: to add claims based on survivorship, death of the original plaintiff, change of the disease alleged, loss of consortium or society; to sever any joined claims; or to add additional defendants. Service of such amendments on counsel who have appeared in the action for a defendant shall be considered service on that defendant. Such amendments may incorporate by reference the allegations of the complaint on file where appropriate. Defendants who have previously answered shall be deemed to have answered the amended complaint as set forth in the preceding paragraph. Other amendments to the pleadings shall be made in compliance with CPLR However, the parties are encouraged to consent to such amendments where appropriate in light of New York State s recognition that leave to amend is to be freely granted. F. If a plaintiff in an Accelerated Trial Cluster (see Paragraph XIV) amends his or her complaint to add an additional defendant(s) during the sixtyday period before April 1 for the April Cluster and October 1 for the October Cluster, at the request of the late-added defendant, that plaintiff s action shall be automatically removed from the cluster and shall be put into the next succeeding Accelerated Trial Cluster, except for extraordinary cause shown by plaintiff. Automatic removal shall not preclude application by defendants for any other relief to which they may be entitled for other reasons. 9

10 G. If a plaintiff in an Accelerated Trial Cluster amends his or her complaint to add an additional defendant(s) on or after April 1 for the April Cluster and October 1 for the October Cluster, at the request of the late-added defendant, that plaintiff s action shall be automatically removed from the cluster and added to the chronological list of cases from which cases are assigned to the active docket, except for extraordinary cause shown by plaintiff. However, if the plaintiff is still living at the time the window for the next Accelerated Trial Cluster opens, plaintiff may reapply for inclusion in that cluster if the plaintiff is alive at the time of application. VII. Liaison Counsel A. Appointment of Liaison Counsel to act on behalf of plaintiffs counsel and on behalf of defendants counsel after appropriate consultation where necessary will facilitate communications among the Court and counsel, minimize duplication of effort, coordinate joint positions, and provide for the efficient progress and control of this litigation. B. Subject to the right of any party to present individual or divergent positions or to take individual actions, Liaison Counsel are vested by the Court with the following responsibilities and duties: 1. to coordinate the briefing of motions; 2. to coordinate the argument of motions; 3. to coordinate the conduct of discovery procedures, including but not limited to coordination of the preparation of joint written interrogatories, joint requests to admit, and joint requests for the production of documents, where 10

11 applicable; 4. to coordinate the examination of witnesses in depositions; 5. to coordinate the selection of counsel to act as spokespersons at pretrial conferences; 6. to call meetings of counsel for plaintiffs and defendants respectively for the purpose of proposing joint actions, including but not limited to responses to questions and suggestions of the Court or of adversaries with regard to orders, schedules, briefs and stipulations; and 7. to coordinate objections. C. Co-Liaison Counsel for the plaintiffs shall be the firm of Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. and the firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP. D. Co-Liaison Counsel for the defendants shall be the firm of Malaby & Bradley, LLC and the firm of Reed Smith, LLP. E. Liaison Counsel are authorized to receive orders, notices, correspondence, and telephone calls from the Court, the Special Master and the Clerk of the Court on behalf of all defendants and plaintiffs and shall be responsible for notifying all counsel of communications received from the Court. F. Notwithstanding the appointment of Liaison Counsel, each counsel shall have the right to participate in all proceedings before the Court as fully as such counsel deems necessary. G. Liaison Counsel shall not have the right to bind any party except Liaison Counsel s own respective clients as to any matter without the consent of counsel for any other party. 11

12 H. Plaintiffs Liaison Counsel and defendants Liaison Counsel shall be reimbursed periodically but not less than every six months by counsel for plaintiffs and counsel for defendants respectively for their necessary and reasonable expenses actually incurred in performing their tasks pursuant to this Order and shall keep records of such expenses in reasonable detail for examination by counsel. Liaison Counsel shall be paid by each plaintiff s and defendant s counsel on an equitable basis to be agreed upon by the parties or fixed by the Court with each plaintiff and defendant having to pay a proportionate share of the costs incurred by its respective Liaison Counsel in representing its interests. I. Plaintiffs Liaison Counsel and defendants Liaison Counsel shall be reimbursed periodically but Liaison Counsels invoices for services as Liaison Counsel pursuant to this Order shall be due and payable when submitted. Interest shall be computed at the rate applicable to judgments starting thirty (30) days after the date of their submission. VIII. Standard Consolidated Discovery A. Interrogatories Standard Interrogatories (CPLR 3130) and Requests for Production of Documents (CPLR 3120) shall be utilized as set forth herein. The Court on its own motion hereby permits the use of interrogatories in addition to depositions pursuant to CPLR Defendants Interrogatories a. Defendants have developed a single, standard joint 12

13 set of interrogatories to plaintiffs which has been filed with the County Clerk under the index number and provided to plaintiffs Liaison Counsel. These standard interrogatories are captioned Defendants Fourth Amended Standard Set of Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents and a copy is annexed hereto as Exhibit C. b. Plaintiff shall serve upon all defendants in the action responses to Defendants Standard Set of Interrogatories in accordance with the time line set forth herein. The interrogatories shall be answered in full and verified by each individual plaintiff according to the C.P.L.R. i. Defendants Standard Interrogatory Question 16/26 and/or the Chart A referred to therein must be fully and substantially answered. For example, an answer such as various jobsites in New York City is not an acceptable response. ii. While a party may make minor amendments, additions, modifications and corrections to his or her verified answers to interrogatories prior to the commencement of his/her deposition, it is expected that plaintiff will provide full and substantially complete answers to Defendants Standard Set of Interrogatories and any significant changes will not be necessary. iii. Unless otherwise agreed to by the parties, plaintiff s failure to fully and substantially complete Defendants Standard Set of Interrogatories pursuant to the timeline provided for the trial cluster to which the case is assigned or any substantial amendments, additions, photographs related to purported asbestos exposure, modifications or corrections to said answers to interrogatories by handwritten list or otherwise that is not served upon defense counsel at least three (3) business days 13

14 prior to a scheduled deposition may, upon application to the Special Master, result in the postponement of the deposition. c. After the standard set of interrogatories is answered, any defendant may serve supplemental, non-repetitive interrogatories upon application with notice to and approval from the Special Master. Defense counsel are admonished to exercise the utmost good faith in determining the necessity for such further interrogatories. d. Defendants Fourth Amended Standard Set of Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents shall be deemed to apply to all cases, without the necessity of further filing and service of such interrogatories in individual cases. Any standard interrogatories served and answered in cases pending in any federal court or in any judicial district in the State of New York, are deemed to apply to all cases pending before this Court without the necessity of further service in the state actions. In the case of a new plaintiff not represented by any attorney who has previously appeared for some other plaintiff in this litigation, defendants Liaison Counsel will serve a copy of the interrogatories on such counsel. e. Copies of any records obtained by any defendant pursuant to authorization of a plaintiff, other than those records which are obtained through a mutually agreed upon records retrieval service, shall be made available to plaintiff s counsel by notice of receipt mailed to plaintiff s counsel within ten (10) days of receipt. 2. Plaintiffs Interrogatories a. Plaintiffs have developed a single, standard joint set 14

15 of interrogatories designed to obtain general liability information. A copy is annexed hereto as Exhibit D. Plaintiffs are permitted to reword the standard interrogatories, as appropriate, to conform to the class of defendant to whom they are directed (e.g., premises owner, contractor). b. To the extent not previously done, each defendant shall file in the NYCAL Master File under index number a single set of responses which shall be applicable to all coordinated actions. Responses by defendants to this set of interrogatories shall be served on plaintiffs Liaison Counsel and when so served shall be deemed served in each case. In the event that a defendant not previously named in these actions is named by the plaintiff, the plaintiff s counsel will so inform plaintiffs Liaison Counsel, who will serve a set of standard interrogatories on such defendant. Response by such defendant shall be due within thirty (30) days of service. If plaintiffs Liaison Counsel agrees, defendants may designate and serve interrogatories and their answers to such interrogatories which have been filed in other actions as their standard interrogatory answers pursuant to this section. c. After the standard set of interrogatories is answered, plaintiffs may, upon application to and approval of the Special Master, in accordance with the time line, serve non-repetitive and/or previously not responded to interrogatories or requests for production of non-product identification documents to individual defendants. Plaintiffs counsel are admonished to exercise the utmost good faith in determining the need for such further interrogatories. Any defendant may object thereto within thirty (30) days. 15

16 Copies of any objections shall be filed with the Special Master. The Special Master will then issue a recommended ruling on the defendant s objections. d. Plaintiffs may submit to individual defendants standard product identification interrogatories with respect to particular worksites. A copy of these standard product identification interrogatories is annexed hereto as Exhibit E. Defendants objections to any such interrogatories shall be brought before the Special Master within seven (7) days after receipt of the proposed product identification interrogatories. The Special Master shall issue recommended rulings on the objections in an omnibus manner, if possible. Thereafter, unless a further ruling is sought from the Court, those interrogatories shall be answered in full by defendants to whom they are directed according to the CPLR. e. Plaintiffs Standard Interrogatories and Standard Product Identification Interrogatories and Demands to Produce including attachment I. thereto must be fully and substantially answered. For example, answers simply objecting to the interrogatories, stating that the requests are too broad or voluminous, or mere reference to the existence of a document repository are not acceptable. f. Plaintiffs Standard Interrogatories and Standard Product Identification Interrogatories and Demands to Produce (if applicable) must be verified as well as fully and substantially answered at least seven (7) days prior to the deposition of a Defendant Corporate Witness or Representative or the service of a No Opposition Summary Judgment Motion or the filing of a 16

17 Motion for Summary Judgment where such Interrogatories are required by this document. This includes the identification of all relevant witnesses and the production of all documents demanded. 3. Failure to Comply Any party s failure to comply with Sections 2.e. and 2.f. above may lead to sanctions as deemed appropriate by the Court, including, but not limited to, the preclusion of evidence. B. Document Requests 1. General Guidelines a. Subject to Paragraph B.2. below, the provisions of CPLR 3120 shall govern all requests for documents. The requesting party shall specify a reasonable time, place, and manner for making the inspection. The request will describe each item with reasonable particularity. b. Counsel are directed to exercise the utmost good faith in making requests for production and in responding to requests. Counsel are directed to exercise their best efforts to resolve on an informal basis disputes arising out of the document requests and responses and objections thereto. 2. Defendants Requests for Documents a. Counsel for the defendants have developed a standard document request to the plaintiffs which is captioned Defendants Fourth Amended Standard Set of Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents, annexed hereto as Exhibit C. This discovery request has been filed with the County Clerk under index number and is deemed to apply to all 17

18 cases without the necessity of further filing and service of the request in individual cases, except that defendants Liaison Counsel shall serve a set of standard document requests upon a plaintiffs counsel who has not previously appeared on behalf of some other plaintiff in this litigation who requests such service. b. Plaintiffs shall serve upon all defendants in the action the requested documents in accordance with the time line set forth herein. If any of the requested documents are not in plaintiffs possession, custody, or control, the plaintiffs shall provide a mutually agreed upon records retrieval service with the necessary authorizations to obtain such records from other persons, the costs of which shall be borne by each party receiving a copy of such records. c. After the standard set of document requests is responded to, defendants may, in accordance with the time line, serve supplemental, non-repetitive requests for documents in any case as they deem appropriate. Defendants counsel are admonished to exercise the utmost good faith in determining the need for such further document requests. 3. Plaintiffs Requests for Documents a. Plaintiffs have developed a single, standard document request to the defendants. A copy is annexed hereto as Exhibit D. Plaintiffs are permitted to reword the standard document requests, as appropriate, to conform to the class of defendant to whom they are directed (e.g., premises owner, contractor). b. To the extent not previously done, each defendant 18

19 shall produce or arrange for production of documents pursuant to plaintiffs standard document requests within thirty (30) days of service, subject to agreement between plaintiffs Liaison Counsel and the particular defendant s counsel about the specific time and place and on a reasonable schedule for production. Each defendant shall produce documents by serving one set of the requested documents on plaintiffs Liaison Counsel, who will permit other plaintiffs counsel to inspect and copy such documents as they desire, or by arranging for production of such documents at a document depository. c. After the standard set of document requests is responded to, plaintiffs may serve supplemental, non-repetitive document requests in any case they deem appropriate. Counsel is directed to exercise the utmost good faith in making requests for discovery and in responding to such requests. C. General Discovery Provisions 1. Disputes with regard to discovery shall be called immediately to the attention of the Special Master for resolution and shall not be relied upon by any party as a justification for not adhering to the time line unless otherwise directed by the Special Master. 2. Document production shall be in such form as will make clear the request to which the document is responsive. 3. Objections based on privilege shall clearly identify the privilege claimed and sufficient information concerning (i) the basis for the claim of privilege to establish prima facie the validity of the claim, and (ii) the privileged 19

20 information to permit identification of the information or document as to which privilege is claimed. If not so identified, the privilege shall be deemed waived. The parties shall negotiate in an effort to preserve the confidentiality of trade secrets. 4. Responses to requests calling for business or medical records shall state whether the record is or is not a record made in the course of a regularly conducted activity so as to be admissible under CPLR If not so described, the document shall be deemed admissible under the rule. 5. Any objection to discovery based on burdensomeness shall describe the burden with reasonable particularity. Any objection to the time, place, or manner of production or as to burdensomeness shall state a reasonably available alternative as a counterproposal. 6. Any response that a document cannot be located or information not determined shall state with reasonable particularity the efforts made to obtain the requested document or information. 7. Any party wishing to propound any discovery on a party in a given case other than that provided herein may do so only upon application to the Special Master or by stipulation with opposing counsel. 8. Plaintiffs shall produce to medical defense liaison counsel by the deadline set forth in the discovery schedule, all pathology and radiology materials received, prepared, procured and/or relied upon by plaintiffs' counsel or expert physicians. These materials shall include, but are not limited to: x-rays, PET scans, CAT scans, MRI's, radiological and/or sonographic studies, or 20

21 pathology blocks, tissues and slides (both stained and unstained, and including immunohistochemistry staining and controls and cytology), and, where applicable, materials obtained from autopsy. If the plaintiffs' counsel does not intend to obtain these materials, they shall provide an authorization to the defendants to obtain these materials. If a facility or physician refuses to release these materials to either a plaintiff or defendant, counsel for the party seeking the material shall prepare a Judicial Subpoena and the Court in its discretion, upon notice to all parties, may sign an order or subpoena directing release of these materials. 9. Discovery shall continue after the filing of a Note of Issue pursuant to the uniform Rules for the New York State Trial Courts Section upon directive of the Court or of the Special Master. D. Previously Produced Documents 1. Upon notice of the time and place of its previous production, any document produced by a party, its predecessor or successor in any other asbestos personal-injury or death case shall be deemed produced in these cases, and any representations made by any defendant with respect to such document shall be deemed made in these cases. This paragraph is not intended to address the ultimate issue of admissibility at trial of any previously produced documents, and expressly leaves this issue for resolution by the trial court. 2. Plaintiffs may submit to each defendant one or more lists of exhibits of previously produced documents they intend in good faith to use at trial. Such list or lists shall be promptly reviewed by the respective defendants 21

22 and, subject to any objection as to relevancy which objection is reserved to the time of trial, each defendant so served shall respond within forty- five (45) days and state whether it objects to the admissibility of any document listed and, if so, the specific grounds for such objection. IX. Medical Examinations of Plaintiffs Defendants shall have an opportunity, if they desire, to obtain a single medical examination of the plaintiff in accordance with CPLR 3121 and in accordance with the time line set forth herein. A report of the medical examination together with copies of all tests shall be provided to plaintiff in accordance with the time line. X. Depositions A. General Guidelines 1. All depositions shall be taken in accordance with CPLR All depositions of parties shall be held in the New York City area unless otherwise ordered by the Court or agreed to by Liaison Counsel. 2. Where the deponent s health permits, notice shall be provided in writing to all named defense counsel a minimum of seven (7) days prior to the deposition. Posting on the NYCAL website does not constitute written notice. 3. The scheduler for Liaison Counsel must be notified prior to the issuance of a deposition notice. It is suggested that no more than six (6) depositions be scheduled for any one day, not including continuations of depositions, and, in any event, the final arbiter of the number of depositions 22

23 scheduled for any one day will be the Special Master. 4. All counsel shall avoid unnecessary and repetitive questioning of witnesses. Unless all parties otherwise agree, all objections, except as to the form of the question, shall be preserved until the time of trial. Any objections as to form shall be clearly stated, and upon request, the reasons given in order to enable the questioner to amend or change the question or correct any possible error as to form. All questions shall be answered except where a claim of privilege is made or the question is plainly improper and would, if answered, cause significant prejudice to any person, which claim, if not resolved, shall be forthwith brought to the Special Master for resolution. 5. In FIFO and in extremis cases, it is recommended that the deposition of plaintiffs and co-workers who testify in lieu of plaintiff will each be completed within a reasonable amount of time based on, among other things, the number of defendants in the case and the number of work sites. Counsel shall keep in mind the medical condition of the deponent and repetitive questions shall be avoided. Any issues with regard to the deposition shall be raised with the Special Master. 6. Depositions of family members (other than family members who provide product identification) should be postponed until just before trial. 7. Counsel may notice any deposition to apply to more than one case and shall use best efforts to ensure that appropriate depositions are noticed to apply to all appropriate cases or clusters. 8. A notice of deposition of a witness who is not a party shall 23

24 designate the areas of expected interrogation by the noticing counsel. For instance, when noticing the deposition of a co-worker of plaintiff, plaintiff s counsel shall indicate where and when the plaintiff and co-worker worked together and their respective job titles for those times. If any other counsel desires to interrogate a witness on different matters, such counsel shall serve a cross-notice of deposition and designate the areas of reasonably expected interrogation. Such areas shall be considered direct examination by that party, and as to such areas the cost of deposition shall be borne by that party. This shall be without prejudice to any party s right of examination as set forth in the next paragraph. 9. All depositions shall be conducted with due regard for the physical and emotional condition, health, and disability of the deponent. If a deposition is noticed to be taken outside of the New York City area contrary to Paragraph X.A.1., the noticing party must provide, together with the notice, medical certification that the deponent is unable to travel due to his/her present physical condition. Upon application to the Court, plaintiff s counsel may be required to pay the travel expenses incurred by one, but no more than two, defense counsel in attending any deposition noticed to be taken outside of the New York City area. 10. No plaintiff, co-worker or family member deposition in an extremis case or a FIFO case shall proceed unless completed plaintiff s standard interrogatory responses have been provided to defense counsel at least seven (7) business days prior to the deposition except with the express permission of 24

25 the Special Master. If counsel for plaintiff fails to provide substantially complete interrogatory responses defendants shall notify the Special Master. The failure to provide substantially complete interrogatory responses may result in adjournment of the deposition until plaintiff s counsel is in compliance with this rule. 11. There shall be a lunch break for every deposition of at least 45 minutes unless all counsel and the stenographer agree otherwise. B. Depositions of Plaintiffs Depositions shall be limited to depositions of plaintiff, plaintiff s spouse, and up to four co-workers, unless plaintiff intends to call more than those four co-workers as witnesses at trial. No other depositions of plaintiff, members of plaintiff s family, or co-workers shall be had except by order of the Special Master or the Court. C. Depositions of Defendants 1. The parties shall make every effort to use depositions as well as other discovery obtained from defendants in the preparation of other cases both in this State and throughout the country for all purposes as if taken in each action in these cases in accordance with Paragraph XII of this Order. No other depositions of defendants shall be taken in these cases except pursuant to Paragraph X.C By request to the Special Master, any plaintiff may seek to serve notice of intent to take nonrepetitive depositions of defendants representatives pertaining to issues which were not covered or not adequately covered by prior depositions of that defendant. Objections to said depositions 25

26 shall be brought by the affected defendant before the Special Master who shall issue a recommended ruling. Appeals from rulings of the Special Master shall be to the Court, as provided in Paragraph III.B. hereof. All corporate depositions shall be noticed at a time and place convenient to the witness, taking into account the expense to the defendants witness. D. Multi-jurisdictional Depositions Any party may, with leave of the Court, conduct multi-jurisdictional depositions, either within or without this State in connection with other asbestos litigation, with respect to the following categories of witnesses: 1. any witness having charge of records of associations, trade organizations, Worker s Compensation commissions, insurance company records, or any other group or entity whose records contain documents or whose personnel have knowledge of facts or evidence common to all pending asbestos cases; 2. state of the art experts; or 3. corporate officials of the defendants. XI. Videotape Depositions A. Videotape Depositions of Seriously Ill Plaintiffs 1. A videotape deposition of a seriously or terminally ill plaintiff whose availability for trial may reasonably be doubted may be promptly taken on notice and without further order of the Court if plaintiff s counsel certifies as to plaintiff s medical condition and in accordance with Paragraph X.A.6. of this Order. Plaintiff s counsel should confer with defendants liaison counsel 26

27 appointed for the trial cluster in which plaintiff s case is pending to schedule the deposition with reasonable notice, giving due consideration to plaintiff s medical condition. 2. Plaintiff shall provide to all defendants medical verification of the disease alleged and such medical and employment records as may be in plaintiff s or his/her attorney s possession prior to the videotape deposition. If notice of the deposition is given seven (7) days or less prior to the date when the deposition is to be taken, notice must be served by fax. In no event shall the taking of the videotape deposition be delayed more than ten (10) days from the date of receipt of plaintiff s counsel s certification and notice to take the videotape deposition except by order of the Court. Plaintiffs shall permit defendants to take an off camera discovery deposition at defendants expense immediately prior to the videotape deposition. B. Procedures as to Videotape Depositions 1. Videotaped depositions may be taken by any party upon service of proper notice of deposition for any use permitted by the CPLR. 2. Videotaped depositions of deponents who have not been previously deposed and who are not terminally ill may not be taken sooner than fifteen (15) days after the date of the taking of the witness deposition by offcamera stenographic method ( discovery deposition ) unless otherwise agreed to by counsel. Videotape depositions of deponents who have been previously deposed may be taken the day following the completion of the discovery deposition, if such discovery deposition was requested, unless otherwise agreed 27

28 to by counsel. 3. When a party taking a deposition, in addition to having the testimony taken stenographically and transcribed, also desires to have the testimony videotaped, the party shall include notice of the videotaping of the deposition in the written notice required. 4. The videotape deposition shall be taken before a notary public, who will put the witness on oath. 5. At the beginning of the deposition and prior to the witness taking the oath, the videotape operator shall record an identification sign. As the sign is being recorded, the operator shall, in addition, vocally record the information on the sign. The identification sign shall indicate the caption of the action, the date, the time, and the name of the notary public before whom the videotaped deposition is being taken. After the identification sign has been recorded, each participant shall identify himself or herself on camera, stating clearly the name, the address, and the role of the participant. 6. After the identification required by Paragraph XI.B.5. has been completed, the witness shall take the oath on camera. 7. After the witness has taken the oath, testimony shall be taken in accordance with the provisions herein. The taking of such testimony shall be videotaped in its entirety. 8. During the taking of a videotape deposition, the operator before whom the deposition is taken shall assure that the videotape records the witness in a standard fashion at all times during the deposition, unless all counsel 28

29 agree otherwise or unless, on motion before the Court, the Court directs otherwise. The operator shall limit the use of videotape camera techniques such as close-up views of the witness or other similar techniques to vary the head and shoulders view which is being recorded for presentation in the courtroom to an initial viewing of the witness and the background and up to two (2) close-up views to demonstrate physical injuries unless otherwise agreed upon or ordered by the Court. As an exception to the foregoing, the operator shall, at the request of the attorney questioning the witness, cause a close-up view of a deposition exhibit to be taken while the witness is being questioned concerning the exhibit. 9. When a videotape deposition has been taken, the videotape shall be shown immediately to the witness for examination, unless such showing and examination are waived by the witness and the parties. 10. The notary public before whom a videotape deposition is taken shall cause to be attached to the original videotape recording a certification that the witness was sworn by him or her and that the videotape recording is a true record of the testimony given by the witness. If the witness has not waived his or her right to a showing and examination of the videotape deposition, the witness also shall sign the certification. If the witness has exercised his or her right pursuant to Paragraph XI.B.9. to examine the videotape and, having done so, refuses to certify that the videotape recording is a true record of his testimony, the notary public before whom the videotape deposition was taken shall so note on the certification form and shall further state the reasons given by the witness for refusing to certify that the videotape recording is a true record of 29

30 his or her testimony. The operator who videotaped a deposition pursuant to the provisions of this Order shall execute the following written certification prior to the beginning of the videotape deposition: I hereby affirm that I am familiar with the provisions of the New York City Asbestos Litigation Case Management Order pertaining to videotape depositions and will ensure that the videotaping of this deposition is done in compliance with these provisions and in an impartial manner. 11. Upon payment of reasonable charges therefor, the operator before whom the deposition was taken shall furnish a copy of the videotape deposition in the form of a videotape or an audio recording to any party or to the deponent. 12. The party taking the deposition shall be responsible for ensuring that the necessary equipment for videotaping the deposition is present at the time the deposition is taken. The party desiring to use the videotape deposition for any purpose subsequent to the taking of the deposition shall be responsible for ensuring that the necessary equipment for playing the videotape deposition back is available when the videotape deposition is to be used. When a videotape deposition is used during a hearing, a trial, or any other court proceeding, the party first using the videotape deposition in whole or in part shall ensure the availability of the same or comparable videotape playback equipment to any other party for such other party s use in further showing the videotape deposition during the hearing, the trial, or other court proceeding in question. 13. The cost of the videotape and the cost of recording the 30

31 deposition testimony on videotape shall be borne by the party taking the videotape deposition. The ownership of the videotape used in recording testimony shall remain with the party taking the videotape deposition. 14. A party wishing to take a further videotape deposition, not covered herein, must make application to the Court. XII. Use of Discovery and Depositions from Other Cases A. Various employees of parties, former employees of parties, and witnesses with knowledge have been deposed in other cases involving alleged asbestos-related personal injuries, and there has been extensive document discovery conducted in other cases involving alleged asbestos-related personal injuries. To avoid undue expense, duplication and unnecessary imposition on counsel, the parties, and the witnesses, parties may utilize depositions taken in other state and federal jurisdictions and cases where a party or a predecessor or successor in interest had notice and opportunity to attend and participate as provided in CPLR The issue of the admissibility of this deposition testimony at trial against a particular defendant is expressly left for resolution by the trial court. B. Any party seeking to use any portion of such prior deposition as substantive evidence at trial may, at any time, advise counsel for any party against whom a deposition may be used of the deposition it intends to offer as substantive evidence. Any party objecting to the use of the deposition shall file a statement setting forth the specific objections and grounds within thirty (30) days. Such depositions can be used as if noticed and taken in these cases against 31

32 those parties or their successors-in-interest. If objection is made, the objecting party shall make an appropriate in limine motion setting forth the grounds it asserts for excluding the use of the deposition. C. All deposition testimony and testimony obtained and admissible in any New York federal court or in any judicial district in the State of New York shall be admissible in the state actions pending in this Court. XIII. Docket Lists and Trial Clusters A. There will be three dockets: an Accelerated Docket, an Active Docket and a Deferred Docket. Actions will be set for trial in accordance with Paragraphs XIV ("Accelerated Trial Clusters") and XV ("FIFO Cases") of this Order. 1. Pursuant to Paragraph XIV of this Order, the Accelerated Docket will be comprised of actions brought by plaintiffs who are terminally ill from an asbestos-related disease with a life expectancy of less than one year. Cases on the Accelerated Docket will be set for trial in accordance with Paragraph XIV ("Accelerated Trial Clusters"). All other cases will be assigned to the Active Docket or the Deferred Docket. 2. Pursuant to Paragraph XV of this Order, the Active Docket will be comprised of all actions brought by or on behalf of plaintiffs who have a functional impairment sufficient to warrant trial and meet the minimum criteria set forth in Paragraph XV.A.6. of this Order. Cases that have been approved for the Active Docket will be set for trial in accordance with Paragraph XV of this Order ("FIFO Cases"). 32

33 3. Pursuant to Paragraph XV of this Order, the Deferred Docket will be comprised of all actions brought by or on behalf of plaintiffs who do not meet the minimum criteria set forth in Paragraph XV.A.6. of this Order. B. At the request of the Special Master, each of the plaintiffs firms having asbestos cases pending in the Supreme Court of New York, New York County, shall file with the Special Master a current chronological list of each and every active docket certified asbestos personal-injury/wrongful death case pending under this Court s jurisdiction. The cases shall be listed by filing date, or, where appropriate, certification date. Copies of the case lists shall be posted on the NYCAL website along with all index numbers associated with that plaintiff. C. All cases pending in the Supreme Court of New York, New York County, presently included in the NYCAL Master File which are not on plaintiffs case lists or any amendments thereto are hereby dismissed without prejudice. Any case being dismissed pursuant to this paragraph may be reinstated to its chronological position on this Court s asbestos calendar (and deemed filed as of its original date of filing) upon plaintiffs counsel notifying the Court, the Special Master and the parties that the failure to list a particular case on a particular firm s inventory filed with this Order was due to inadvertence, mistake, or other good cause. XIV. Accelerated Trial Clusters A. The Court, having in mind the directions of, and its discretion under, the provisions of CPLR 3407, will assign for trial on the first Monday in April and the first Monday in October of each calendar year a special Accelerated Trial 33

34 Cluster of living plaintiffs. The Accelerated Trial Cluster will be designated on the first Thursday of the preceding November (for April cluster) and May (for October cluster). Letter applications for assignment to the Accelerated Trial Cluster shall be provided to the Court, the Special Master and the defendants (by fax or FedEx) by no earlier than the third Thursday of the preceding August (for April cluster) and February (for October cluster), and no later than ten (10) days before the designation date. Such letter application will be accompanied by a statement that the plaintiff is terminally ill, the nature of the illness, and the plaintiff s life expectancy, if known. To be eligible for inclusion in an Accelerated Trial Cluster, a plaintiff must be alive and have a pending lawsuit at the time of the application. Unless plaintiffs counsel seeks an extension of time from the Special Master, counsel must provide to defendants the following information at the time the letter application for assignment to the Accelerated Trial Cluster is made: 1. answers to interrogatories in the form approved by the Special Master; 2. responses to standard request for production; and 3. signed authorizations for medical, employment, social security, disability, workers compensation, union, military and tax records to a mutually agreed upon records retrieval service. Defendants shall file any objections with the Court and the Special Master, and serve upon plaintiffs (by fax or FedEx) by the first Wednesday of each November and May. 34

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